Spring football is in full swing and the gymnastics team is having yet another successful season, but how are some of the other non-revenue producing teams faring in their respective seasons? Here's a brief update on some of the often overlooked sports.
The baseball program has been going through an up and down season, now a little past the halfway mark of the season. After getting off to a slow start in non conference play, where they went just 3-11, the Utes got off to a quick start in Pac-12 play. The Utes were 7-3 through their first ten Pac-12 games, including a sweep of Arizona to begin the month of April. The Utes fell back to earth in the past week however, dropping a game 10-4 to Utah Valley University before heading to Los Angeles to play USC. The Trojans were able to take the first two games of the season but Utah nabbed the series finale on Sunday winning 14-8. With an overall record of 11-17, Utah has some work to do if they want to reach the postseason. Fortunately the Utes have 24 regular season games left to finish strong. Their next opponent will be bitter rivals BYU on Tuesday at 6pm in Provo.
The Softball team has done well this season with an overall record of 22-12 and a conference record of 4-3. Junior second baseman Hannah Flippen leads the Utes with 11 home runs and a .418 batting average. Flippen is one of the most dangerous hitters in the country and was recently named ESPNW's National player of the week. The Utes currently rank third in the Pac-12 behind UCLA and Oregon. Utah is positioned nicely at the moment to make some noise in the postseason if they can continue their strong play through the remainder of their schedule. Currently in Berkeley taking on the Cal Bears, the Utes will return home on Tuesday to take on Weber State at 4pm.
Track & Field
The Track and Field team continues to progress through their season, most recently hosting the Utah Spring Classic and taking part in the Weber St. Invitational last week. Redshirt sophomore Hannah McInturff stole the show setting a new meet and facility record in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 10:07.35. McInturff wasn't the only runner that fared well in the race however, as Utah grabbed the top six spots in the event. In the 800 meter, senior Andrea Chavez overtook Wyoming's Cassidy Meade in the final 100 meters to win with a time of 2:09.67. Christine Glassman won Javelin for the Utes with a throw of 158 feet 10 inches.
On Saturday Utah was in Ogden for the Weber St. invitational. Senior Ali Eisenbeiss captured second in the 1,500 meter race with a time of 4:36.91 in only her second time running the event. McInturff, just one day removed from setting her meet record in the 3,000 meter, finished sixth in the race with a time of 4:41.53. The Track and Field team is off to California next week for the Mt. Sac Relays.
The Golf team is gearing up to close out their season on Monday and Tuesday at the PING Cougar Classic at Riverside Country Club in Provo. The event is hosted by BYU and is a two day 54 hole tournament. There will be ten schools competing in the tournament including Colorado State, Pacific, Dixie State, Southern Utah, Utah State, Washington State, Westminster, Wyoming, BYU and Utah. The Utes have yet to finish first in a tournament this season, their best finish being second back in February at the Southern Utah Pizza Hut-Pat Hicks Invite. Utah will tee off Monday at 8:30 am on no.1 and no. 10 tees.
Utah men's tennis concluded their home season on Sunday dropping their final match to no. 4 UCLA at the Eccles Tennis Center. For the Utes it's been a rough final stretch having dropped six consecutive matches. For seniors Matt Cowley and Jamey Swiggart, Sunday was the last match for them in Salt Lake City. The Utah men will conclude their regular season down in Tucson next Sunday against the Wildcats of Arizona.
On the women's side, the Utes are also winding down their season with matches against Oregon and Colorado. The Utah women have struggled as well, having won only one match in the last eight tries. Sophomore Alexia Petrovic is 12-5 in singles play while sophomore Margo Pletcher and freshman Breanna Turley are also 12-5 in doubles. Utah will conclude their regular season on April 16th in Boulder before continuing on to the Pac-12 championships.